Chevrolet hedged all of its bets on the Volt, the first electric car in their fleet, on becoming a hot commodity. Now it looks like they might have gotten their wish.

The car’s lithium ion-battery, designed to save drivers more money at the pump and the Earth from plunging further into flaming death, may be the very thing that brings the Volt’s sales figures to a halt.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted several safety tests on the electric vehicle and found that a standard side-impact caused damage to the battery and a ruptured coolant line. The big problem is that a few weeks after the accident, the car suddenly caught on fire.

General Motors insists there are no problems with their vehicles in their testing and assured their owners that they will not be turned into human S’mores during their Sunday drive.

[Via Engadget]

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